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Grassy Mountain Hut #109 (Grassy Hut)
Type: Building_Hut Elevation: 1880 m (6168 ft)
Location:   49.29000,-117.49167     49:17:24, -117:29:30   11U 464247 5459811
(13 km E of Castlegar). (8 km SW of Siwash Mountain).


Club maintained cabin. ski Traverses. Sleeps 6. Wood stove, outhouse. Locating the Hut: It can be quite difficult to find the hut in late winter, when it is buried with snow. A GPS is useful. On satellite, you can't see hut clearly, but can see track or road immediately west of the hut.

Located in a treed basin south of Grassy Mountain in the Bonnington Range. Small cabin with four bunks (each bunk will accommodate two people). Sleeps 6 people MAXIMUM. Wood stove and outhouse. No foam pads. There is a two burner Coleman white gas stove (bring your own white gas) and lantern, as well as dishes, cutlery, pots, etc. There is a washing up tub with some detergent and bleach. Please pack all the eating utensils back in the tub to keep the critters out. You'll need to bring in a tea towel and some mantels for the lantern (although we did leave a stock of mantels at the hut).

As of November 2007, a reservation and fee ($10 per person per night) is required for Grassy Mountain cabin. Reservations can be made on-line at the KMC webpage .

Access: Access is via the Munson Road system out of Bombi Summit. Follow the main Munson Road for 6.4 km to a short spur road that immediately climbs a short hill. Park at a turn around about 200 metres along this spur road. Follow this old road up to a pass on the ridge south of Grassy Mountain. Descend 80 to 100 metres below the pass to reach the hut.

History: Built by the KMC and Ministry of Forests in 1985 to facilitate ski touring in the Bonnington Range.
Grassy Hut in April 2012, almost buried in snow

Bulletins
2012.04.16 Robin Tivy - Found the hut with a GPS
It was the first day of our 4 day traverse of the Bonnington Range. It had rained and snowed all day. We finally found the hut using Dave Campbell's coordinates and a GPS, which were pretty close. On the 1:50k, it is just south of the head of the south fork of the creek (although we saw no sign of the creek). You can't really pick out the hut on satellite pictures, even when zoomed in to 20m. But you can clearly see the Grassy Mountain Hut Spur ending at 49.29029,-117.493615. The hut was buried with snow and invisible from the uphill side, but the door had previously been dug out by the KMC group led by Sandra McGuinness the week before. Inside, there was kindling, and some tough old rounds that were difficult to split with the steel handle axe. The hut is very small, such that the wood stove is only a meter or so from the bunk beds, so you have to sit on the bunk beds to be in front of the wood stove. See Trip Report
2008.09.24 Sandra McGuinness - New Coleman two burner white gas stove and lantern
The KMC recently had their annual work party to the Grassy Hut and we have now supplied a two burner Coleman white gas stove (bring your own white gas) and lantern, as well as dishes, cutlery, pots, etc. There is a washing up tub with some detergent and bleach. Please pack all the eating utensils back in the tub to keep the critters out. You'll need to bring in a tea towel and some mantels for the lantern (although we did leave a stock of mantels at the hut). Wood for winter is at the back of the cabin. As usual, please use it sparingly. The wood stove is NOT for cooking your dinner on.
2008.03.16 David Campbell - Detailed GPS co-ordinates
Detailed GPS co-ordinates for the hut are NAD83 11U 464218 5459867. There is still a little bit of wood at the hut, but not a tonne. Use sparingly.
2007.03.01 Sandra McGuinness - Dismayed by use of wood and lack of donations
In the fall of 2006 a KMC work party filled under the deck with enough wood to last two years. I was very dismayed to find almost all of the wood gone by the end of February 2007. If you visit the cabin, the wood MUST be used SPARINGLY - what is there needs to last until the fall of 2008. Also, don't be a cheap skate, the KMC is desperate for donations to help with maintenance. Send us $10 per person per night - the address is on this page.
2007.02.05 Matt Lucas - Snowmobiles
Snowmobile tracks all around the cabin
2006.12.19 Sandra McGuinness - New Roof
Skied in to see how the new metal roof was holding up. We found 1.65 m of snow at the cabin and about that on the roof - nice to see it isn't shedding. Shovelled out the outhouse, chimney and steps.

Trip Reports
49 2012.04.16 Bonnington Traverse - Trip Report Robin Tivy
45 2012.04.13 Escape From the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness
47 2005.02.22 Bonnington Traverse - Route Description Route Sandra McGuinness
30 2005.02.22 Moonlight Over Mountains: A Ski Traverse of the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness